Azar Nafisi, the celebrated Iranian author of “Reading Lolita in Tehran” talks to Michael Skafidas for The WorldPost about literature, the Internet and the West’s false expectations of President Rouhani.
WORLDPOST: Your best seller, “Reading Lolita in Tehran,” exposed the harsh realities of theocratic Iran to millions of readers in the West. It is a reminder of the importance of understanding the lives of others through literature. You have also spoken about the “republic of the imagination” as a magical space, where literature attains power to affect lives not only in terms of entertainment but also politically. Is this still a realistic notion in the electronic era?
AZAR NAFISI: Of course. Actually, my new book — which will be published in September — is called “The Republic of Imagination,” and it covers to a great extent this topic.